4 of 18 portraits of William Congreve
by George Perfect Harding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
8 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (212 mm x 184 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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Current affairsPolitical struggle develops between the Whigs and Queen Anne over the succession to the post of Lord High Admiral following the death of the queen's consort, Prince George. The Whig, Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, eventually wins the post. Unusually cold winter in England and across Europe.
Art and sciencePublisher and secretary of the Kit-cat Club, Jacob Tonson, senior and poet John Dryden, include Alexander Pope's first publication, his poem, Pastorals, in the sixth edition of their Miscellany Poems. Dramatist, Nicholas Rowe, edits the first modern edition of Shakespeare's plays.The Tatler is founded by essayist Sir Richard Steele.
InternationalAmbassador to The Hague, Charles Townshend, Viscount Townshend, negotiates the barrier treaty with Holland, guaranteeing provision of fortresses in the Southern Netherlands and safeguarding the Hanoverian succession in England. Townshend also enters serious negotiations for peace with France. Battle of Malplaquet results in stalemate between the warring factions.
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